Happy Friday!  Hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer!


Meg Braff and Lenox Hill Showhouse

Everything at the showhouse is for sale at www.megbraffdesigns.com
or visit her amazing store at 92 Forest Ave, Locust Valley,  New York
I have been busy at work at Meg Braff's "apartment" at the Lenox Hill Hospital Showhouse at the W Residences.  It was my first showhouse and really fun to do (especially if you love hard work!).

If you are in the New York area please visit  123 Washington Street, New York #55G:   It opens this Friday.

Meg Braff is wonderful to work with: she has great ideas, incredible vision, is super talented and is wonderful about collaborating.  I have been working my tail off with the whole MBD team for the past 5 weeks (yes, we did it in 5 weeks!) to get it together and and we couldn't be happier.  Most of the items in the space are vintage or custom designed.  For example, the headboard is pagoda inspired and most of the fabrics are custom colored from Meg's Philip Graf archives in her yet to be debuted Meg Braff Designs Fabrics Collection.

Here is a little about the inspiration for the Showhouse:

Meg Braff’s apartment showhouse is a tribute to one of her favorite inspirations: James Mont and his brand of Hollywood mid-Century design.   
James Mont was a notorious, flamboyant, mid-century New York based interior and furnishing designer whose client rolls included gangsters Lucky Luciano, movie stars Bob Hope and Lana Turner as well as composer Irving Berlin.  Mont had a red hot temper and was regarded as a scoundrel, but also a design genius. His work was rarely photographed and all that we have left of his legacy are his lavish and unique furnishings.

Mont’s design aesthetic was dramatic: it included lacquered pieces, exotic finishes, smoked mirrors, lots of gilt and silver and over the top Asian motifs.  Mont's mark on mid-century decorations, his exotic sense of style and relentless self-promotion made Asian-style modernism popular.  Meg chose Mont as her inspiration in this space so as to showcase her attraction to exotic modernism and highlight her fabulous reinvented mid-century fabrics and wallcoverings.
To read more about James Mont, click here.

The showhouse opens this Friday, May 16th! Don't miss it!
Lenox Hill Hospital Showhouse 2014, Meg Braff. Headboard is custom "Nanking"; Bedbase is "Menton"
Lenox Hill Hospital Showhouse 2014, Meg Braff
Lenox Hill Hospital Showhouse 2014, Meg Braff. Meg Braff grasscloth on walls
Lenox Hill Hospital Showhouse 2014, Meg Braff
Lenox Hill Hospital Showhouse 2014, Meg Braff 

Meg Braff Designs "York",  Split Pea on Linen

Meg Braff Designs, "Forbidden City" Green, Brown and Yellow on Silk. 


Elkins Loop Chair Hi/Lo

The newly introduced Bungalow 5 Loop Chair ($772 Retail)

That iconic loop chair that I love has just become more accessible.  Bunglow 5 has come out with a version of the chair that will retail for $772.50.   Sometimes these chairs have 4 loops, sometimes they have 8, but regardless of the number of loops, both versions are smashing.

The Elkins Loop Chair is named for legendary 20th century decorator Frances Adler Elkins who reproduced these chairs based on an 18th Century version she found on her travels.  Elkins loop chairs are darlings of designers like Meg Braff and Miles Redd who have used these chairs in a few of their projects.  Until now, really the only places to find then were 1st Dibs, Dering Hall or C. Bell -- but Bungalow 5 has come out with a version that will retail for 750 ($900 for the arm chair).  Noir also makes a version which I found at Charlotte and Ivy for $547, but these come one way: black with a set fabric seat.  While I love that these chairs will be available at a great price, part of me is kind of sad as  they will probably be seen everywhere and loose some of their cachet.  What do you think?

Frances Elkins’ Loop Chairs in the Wheeler House via The Magazine Antiques  (reposted  with thanks from Circa Who)

CIRCA 1770 chairs via The Magazine Antiques
(reposted with thanks to Circa Who)

Pair of Frances Elkins Chairs, 1st Dibs, $2900

Frances Elkins Loop Chair reproduction from C. Bell $1,250

Noir Loop Chair from Charlotte and Ivy, $559 (Black only, No COM)

Meg Braff in her office

Meg Braff's Palm Beach Apartment
Ruthie Sommers uses a great Quadrille fabric on these Elkins Loop chairs

Danielle Rollins Atlanta House designed by Miles Redd (courtesy of Veranda)


Matchbook and CeCe Barfield Thompson

Have you seen the  fun online lifestyle magazine "Matchbook" -- very fun... Definitely worth a look.  This month the charming CeCe Barfield Thompson is featured on the cover and you have to see her great style!

CeCe is from Dallas, Texas and works as a Junior Decorator to the fabulous Bunny Williams. She also has her own lifestyle blog, The Decophile, which features design advice, gift ideas and great recipes. CeCe graduated with a degree in art history from NYU and then moved on to study interior design at Pratt Institute in New York City, where she currently lives.  The photos below are of her NYC pad.  Love the bed!
CeCe Barfield Thompson's NYC apartment via Matchbook Magazine

CeCe Barfield's NYC apartment via Matchbook Magazine

CeCe Barfield's NYC apartment via Matchbook Magazine

CeCe Barfield's NYC apartment via Matchbook Magazine

CeCe Barfield's NYC apartment via Matchbook Magazine


Hi Lo Slipper Chair

In my quest to find the perfect slipper chair I have run across a bargain from Wisteria and I had to share.  The Wisteria chair is followed by a super cheap option from Wayfair (I still can't imagine how they get it made and shipped from China to your door for $185 plus tax). 

My personal favorite slipper chairs have low slung backs and just a little leg showing like the two from Ventry and Oomph.

I have also tacked on the exception to less is more in the leg department and included the faux bamboo base from Hickory Chair, the "Kit Chair" and the super low slung Tony Duquette chair from Baker.

The Bargains 

Wisteria Slipper Chair, 25"w x 35.5"d x 34.25"h, $799

Super Affordable

A really low priced option is this one from Wayfair, but the fabric is what you see, not a lot of options.

Wayfair Slipper Chair, 35"h, 26"w, 27.5"d; $184 and free shipping

The Standard Bearer:
Ventry, Ltd., Billy Baldwin Slipper Chair
Billy Baldwin Small Slipper Chair, size: 18”W x 27”D x 29”OAH

 Oomph, looks very close to the Ventry chair

Oomph Slipper Chair,  29" H x 26" D x 18" W, $1305

 Good Looking (but NOT cheap) Options:

Kit Chair, Hickory Chair
By the way, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for this slipper chair from Hickory Chair even though there is a lot going on....
HIckory Chair, Kit Chiar, 36.25"h x 23.25"w x 27.5"d.

 It is fully customizable...
Kit Chair, photo from Bearhill Interiors


Happy New Year!!


Wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and prosperity in the coming New Year.

It is the Chinese year of the horse and apparently purple, blue and gray are lucky colors for the coming year.  The painting below the one that got away from me at auction last year... May 2014 be a winning year for you.

"New Year's Day is now the accepted time to make your regular annual resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual."    

                          -- Mark Twain

Ha!  That will be me. 


Are You Ready to Get Your Purple On?

Again, Pantone picked a color of the year without calling me. Geez.  Radiant Orchid -- a warmish purple color that is closer to mauve than eggplant.  Oh please let it not be as popular as mauve in the 80s, or I am going to hang up my decorating hat for good as I am still traumatized by visions of mica, mauve and grey rooms rattling around in my head.  My aversion to lavender may also be due to the fact that I overdosed on purple in 8th grade when I wore nothing other that this color for a year.  It was the equivalent of eating a box of Twinkies and never touching them again.

Despite my lack of love for radiant orchid, I am helping Meg Braff put together a room with curtains and beds with fabric close in color to Pantone's pick  -- it does look really pretty (as usual the talented Ms. Braff knocks it out of the park) -- but please do not ask me to do more than a sprinkling of any shade of purple outside the boudoir:   An eggplant Spitzmiller lamp, purple throw or even an Quadrille upholstered chair is my absolute max.  That said, here are some images/items that may help you get your purple on:
Purple and blue and yellow room by Alex Papachristidis, Photographer: Tria Giovan. Note the lovely valance on the window.
A little deeper than Radiant Orchid, but they are Christopher Spitzmiller AP Alex lamps

Radiant Orchid Ovo Table Lamp, Lamps Plus $99
Liza Calhoun Pulitzer also a little bluer than the mauvish Radiant Orchid.

Here we go, closer to the Pantone color.   Pick this up here, from Cabana Home $270

Agate Coasters from West Elm $59

Hmm, I think this was one of those HGTV specials make over your room in a day, but I cannot remember who the decorator was... Anyone? One purple lamp Spitzmiller(?) and a throw.

Quadrille, Henriot Floral fabric

Jeffery Bilhuber uses Henriot floral on a chair-- gosh he does everything with aplomb.


China Seas, Raffles Reverse

 Here are some images form Lindsey Coral Harper from the Cathedral Antique Show Inspiration house in Atlanta in 2012. . . Shout out to Julie from Belle Maison for running a story on this room and directing me to Ms. Harper's website.  The paint color as Julie notes, is Mulberry by Benjamin Moore (2075-20), if you want to run out and get it.
Lindsey Coral Harper

Lindsey Coral Harper

Meg Braff, Up a Tree Wallpaper

Savafieh Palmer  Ottoman $250